Climate politics: Looking for Compromise   
By David Curtiss / February 2010

The U.S. Senate finished 2009 with a triumphant vote on health care legislation. The lengthy and hard fought negotiations needed to secure the 60 votes necessary for passage of the health care bill delayed Senate action on climate change. As senators now turn to this similarly contentious issue, they again face the difficult task of drafting a bill that garners 60 votes.

Authorizing and Appropriating   
By David Curtiss / January 2010

Congress passes many laws – that is its principal function as outlined in Article I of the U.S. Constitution. It also controls the nation’s purse strings, deciding how tax revenue collected from the people will be spent for the people.

Forum Included Q&A From Public   
By David Curtiss / December 2009

Shortly after lunch on Oct. 14 people began filing into the ballroom of the Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills Hotel. They included attendees of the 2009 AAPG Mid-Continent Section meeting, members of the general public and two busloads of students from local high schools.  They were there to participate in a conversation about energy – its past and its future. 

Members Take Message to ‘the Hill’   
By David Curtiss / November 2009

For the second consecutive year, earth scientists gathered in Washington, D.C., in September for geosciences Congressional Visits Day (geoCVD).

Rare Elements Policy Offers a Lesson   
By David Curtiss / October 2009

Let’s face it, most geology news in the popular press is event driven. Soaring oil prices was last year’s headline. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions grabbed media attention this year.

OCS Access Debate Continues   
By David Curtiss / September 2009

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled that while it remained concerned about environmental assessments performed for the 2007-12 five-year program, those concerns were restricted to the lease sales planned for the Arctic Ocean and Alaska outer continental shelf (OCS).

The ‘Sausage’ of Climate Change   
By David Curtiss / August 2009

As is often the case with legislation in the U.S. Congress, it takes a crisis to pass it. Absent a handy crisis, a looming Congressional recess can usually provide the necessary motivation to get legislation to the floor for a vote.

AAPG Makes Impression on ‘The Hill’   
By David Curtiss / July 2009

GEO-DC was host to 14 AAPG members in Washington, D.C., in May for the first-ever AAPG Congressional Visits Day (AAPG CVD).

Clean Energy Act’s Details Debated  
By David Curtiss / June 2009

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a finding that carbon dioxide and several other greenhouse gases endangered public health and welfare – a finding that requires EPA to issue a rule to regulate emission of these gases under the Clean Air Act.

‘Energy Policy’ Process is Under Way   
By David Curtiss / May 2009

The plane was buffeted by gusty winds as it banked to line up with the runway, but with a steady hand the pilot guided our craft to a safe landing at Midland International Airport. It was my first trip to the heart of the Permian Basin.

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